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Book Finds by Ian C. Ellis 
29th-Apr-2006 11:59 pm
Most appropriate on the heels of my recent activities, but the timing was mostly coincidence. The book, along with Matthew Budman's little green tome, are the only two up-to-date books about book collecting extant, as far as I know.

Ellis, Ian C. Book Finds: How to Find, Buy, and Sell Used and Rare Books. 3rd ed. New York: Perigee, 2006.
Summary: A book collecting guide that focuses particularly on the profit-motive end of things, with plenty of pointers on book "scouting," trading, dealing, and selling on the Internet. Less meaty chapters devote time to the history of publishing, collecting basics and terminology, and restoration.
Comments: Way, way, WAY to profit-focused to really be useful to me. I have more important things to do with my time than buy up every cheap book around that I think OTHER people and used bookstores will want--like reading more books. Still, given that people in my family occasionally aspire to deal more generally in antiques and collectibles, much of the information was obviously applicable in that case, and the economics of it all was regardless fascinating for me from a purely voyeuristic perspective. Even so, there were plenty of new and interesting factoid tidbits (though a picture is worth a thousand words, and there weren't any to be found in Ellis's book)--Did you know that you're more likely to find a new first edition on the East Coast than the West Coast? Did you know why books traditionally have two title pages? Also, the discussion of cleaning and restoration immediately inspired the mad scientist in me, and now I want to try some stuff out. Also, to Ellis's credit, he's most candid and quite funny, and you'll definitely get a good laugh or two.
Notes: trade paperback, 1st printing
Rating: 5.5/10 - Really only for the serious beginner (and I'm just not serious enough about things). Still, if you're a book lover, you'll find SOMETHING of at least vague interest here.
1st-May-2006 10:16 am (UTC)
Review archived.
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